Name: Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives that All Nations Should Permanently Close Live Wildlife Markets
Bill Number: HRes 922
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on humans and animals around the world. Moreover, the spread of this virus has the potential to impact animals in the wild and in captivity.
House Resolution 922 expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that all nations should permanently close live wildlife markets, and that the People's Republic of China should cease spreading disinformation regarding the origins of coronavirus. This resolution was accompanied by statements in support of this proposition, including a point that acknowledges the threat of “diseases spread from animals to humans.”
In particular, the “zoonotic spillovers at the wildlife-human interface are not infrequent events, including diseases in the United States such as rabies, West Nile virus, plague, salmonellosis, hantavirus, or Lyme disease” has importance in reminding us that in addition to ending filthy, inhumane animal treatment practices abroad, there is plenty of blame to go around right here in the U.S.
The spread of salmonella, as well as E. coli bacteria and other foodborne pathogens, are major problems in food production—particularly meat, eggs and dairy products. Furthermore, the rampant use of antibiotics by the agriculture industry has increased antibiotic resistance in humans, giving rise to super bacteria such as MSRA. Many of these infectious agents are most commonly spread through our food supply, as disease, dirt and careless methods of slaughter spread fecal matter and bacterium on our food.
While HRes 922 deals specifically with closing live wild animal markets, the lesson on the spread of zoonotic disease through dirty and inhumane conditions is one that should resonate through factory farming enterprises across the country.
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Support the closure of live wildlife markets across the globe
Dear [Decision Maker],
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our ability to work and to learn and to live our daily lives with any sense of normalcy. But even more importantly, the spread of this virus has highlighted the impact from animals in the wild and in captivity.House Resolution 922 expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that all nations should permanently close their live wildlife markets and that the People's Republic of China should cease spreading disinformation regarding the origins of coronavirus. This resolution was accompanied by a number of statements in support of this proposition, including a point that acknowledges the threat of "diseases spread from animals to humans."The supporting statements further note that "zoonotic spillovers at the wildlife-human interface are not infrequent events, including diseases in the United States such as rabies, West Nile virus, plague, salmonellosis, hantavirus, or Lyme disease." This refers to the spread of disease in the U.S., including disease that is not the result of diseased animal markets, but of careless methods of slaughter and other questionable factory farming practices that risk contaminating our food supply.The safety and health of people who are negatively impacted by the results of keeping animals in filthy and inhumane conditions should be of paramount importance. I ask that you join your colleagues in the House of Representatives in condemning the operation of live wild animal markets around the globe, and in doing so, recognizing that the spread of disease from animals to humans is an issue that continues to put everyone at risk as animals live in filthy and hazardous conditions not only around the world, but in the U.S.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]